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St. Vincent Hopes To Make A “Heavy Record” Inspired By Tool


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St. Vincent linchpin Annie Clark‘s admiration of Tool‘s music may yet provide the bulk of inspiration for an upcoming album of hers. She originally had planned to go that route with what became her forthcoming album “Daddy’s Home“, until the writing process took an unexpected turn. Speaking recently with ‘New Arrivals With Bryce Segall‘ for Radio.com, Clark said of her initial plans:

“The crazy thing about music is, you can plan and plan and think you’re gonna go one way, and then you start writing and the music just takes you wherever the music takes you. That was certainly the experience with this. I was dead set in my mind that after ‘Masseducation‘, I was just gonna make this like, heavy record. Like just heavy the whole time — like, ‘Hey kids, you like Tool? Well, you’ll love the St. Vincent record,’ you know?”

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That ultimately didn’t happen however, as she went on to say:

“I got sort of down the road with that, but I kept finding I didn’t have anything to say there. It didn’t feel like anything to go more angular and harder after ‘Masseducation‘. But where it did feel free and fun and fresh and a lot of other ‘f’ words was just to be like, ‘Let me go back to the music I’ve listened to more than anything else: stuff made in New York in the ’70s from ’71-76.’ Post-flower child, pre-disco, pre-punk, and just sit in that space for a little bit.”

The idea of a new Tool-inspired album hasn’t been ruled out for the future however, as she later added, “For fans who may be selfishly hoping to hear something like that Tool record… we’ll get there, don’t worry.”

Clark herself has shown her support for metal over the years, be it calling out Metallica poseurs, performing live with Nirvana‘s surviving members, or even covering Tool. Her new album “Daddy’s Home” will be out on May 14th.

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